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2013-02-02 16:20:12

New streamlined approach improves access and safety MONTRÉAL, Feb. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadians now have access to more than 60,000 licenced natural health products as a result of the Government of Canada's more efficient approach to authorizing these products, Parliamentary Secretary of Health, Dr. Colin Carrie announced today. "The safety of Canadians is always our number one priority," said Parliamentary Secretary, Dr. Carrie at the Canadian Health Food Association...

2013-01-31 16:26:33

OTTAWA, Jan. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Health Canada is currently conducting a review of all available safety information on the drug Diane-35. Health Canada has been monitoring the safety of Diane-35 on an ongoing basis, as it does for all drugs on the market. The Department is aware of the decision by France to suspend the marketing authorization of Diane-35 within the next three months. In Canada, Diane-35 is approved for the temporary treatment of severe acne in women who are...

2013-01-30 12:27:03

Standard will be supported by marketing activities to boost reporting by health professionals OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today congratulated Accreditation Canada on including, for the first time, guidance on the reporting of adverse drug reactions in its latest Medication Management Standards for health care facilities, including hospitals. "Our Government is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians," said...

2013-01-24 12:27:03

OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Health Canada is informing Canadians of a labelling update for all cholesterol-lowering drugs (also known as statins) regarding the risk of increased blood sugar levels and a small increased risk of diabetes among patients already at risk for the disease. Based on the review of all available data, Health Canada concluded that the risk of diabetes appears to be mainly in patients with pre-existing risk factors for diabetes, such as high levels of glucose...

2013-01-17 16:23:55

OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW/ -The issue: Mould can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper. The advisory affects Model R6070, which was the only model sold in Canada. While mould is not present when the product is purchased, it can grow when the product remains wet or moist, or is cleaned infrequently, exposing infants sleeping in the Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper to mould. Who is affected: Consumers who have a Newborn Rock 'n Play...

2013-01-15 08:24:10

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - In any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness, with a cost to the economy estimated to be in excess of $50 billion annually. Mental health problems and illnesses are also rated one of the top three drivers of both short- and long-term disability, typically accounting for approximately 30 per cent of these claims in Canada. To help Canadian workplaces address this, the Mental Health Commission of Canada...

2013-01-08 12:26:15

OTTAWA, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Almost everyone makes New Year's resolutions at some point in their lives. Many Canadians each year resolve to eat better and become more physically active. If these are among your goals for 2013, learning more about Canada's Food Guide will help you and your family on your way to achieving your New Year's resolution goals. Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide provides recommendations on how many servings of each food group you should eat each day,...

2013-01-03 12:24:54

OTTAWA, Jan. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - As the rate of obesity has increased in Canada, so has the market for weight-loss products. While authorized health products for weight loss may provide benefits when used properly as part of a weight management program, the use of unauthorized health products may pose serious risks to your health. The vast majority of natural health products (NHPs) have a history of safe use and are responsibly marketed. But some products found on the Canadian market...

2012-12-21 16:22:33

OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The issue: Health Canada's testing of "EV Princess Express Peeling", "EV Princess Extra Whitening Night Cream" and "Ling Zhi BB Whitening Cream" identified levels of mercury that are beyond the allowable limit set by Health Canada. All three are unauthorized natural health products promoted as facial creams. The amount of mercury in these products may present a significant health risk to Canadians, including vulnerable populations such as...

2012-12-20 16:24:54

OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Further to our previous communications, Health Canada is advising Canadians that three additional unauthorized products promoted for weight loss have been seized from the "Cube Inc." store in Richmond, B.C. Health Canada's testing of these products identified hidden drug ingredients (sibutramine and phenolphthalein) that may pose serious health risks. Caffeine was also found in two of the products and was not listed on the product label. Consumers...